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The Dangers Of Raves

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AIR DATE: February 11, 2013

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times linked 14 deaths to drug use at electronic music festivals promoted by Insomniac Events, the same group that produces the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Two of the deaths happened after last year's Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We'll talk to one of the reporters who worked on the story, to discuss the dangers and the allure of large-scale raves.

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Rong-Gong (Ron) Lin II, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

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    Going back to the LA Times "rave" article discussion: As a festival-goer, I am the last to deny that there is drug use at "raves." But the last thing to do is to take a reactionary position by banishing these events which, in turn, also punishes the people who enjoy attending them. What is important is to educate attendees on drug use: such the precautions, how to administer safely, and what to do if there is an emergency from drug use. Instead, in our "war on drugs" culture, when people use drugs and encounter problems, they will ignore authorities or medical services out of fear of getting in trouble -- a situation in which no one wins.
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